Maharashtra Women’s Commission member claims Nirbhaya ‘invited’ gang-rape
NCP member Asha Mirje has sparked a row with her outrageous comments
So far it has been high-profile men who have embarrassed themselves by painting rape victims with a particular brush.
Now a woman – Maharashtra State Women’s Commission member Asha Mirje – has joined that infamous list.
Mirje, who is also an NCP member, claimed the Delhi gang-rape victim had only herself to blame for the sexual assault.
“Did Nirbhaya really have go to watch a movie at 11 in the night with her friend? Take the Shakti Mills gang-rape case. Why did the victim go to such an isolated spot at 6pm?” Mirje asked at a gathering of the NCP women’s wing in Nagpur.
“We have to be careful. We have to ask ourselves, where am I going, with whom am I going, what am I going for, do I really need to go to that place,” she added.
The NCP women’s wing is headed by party president Sharad Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule.
At the time Mirje made the controversial speech, Sule was present on the dais. However, Sule, who has taken up the cause of atrocities on women, did not try to stop Mirje from making such comments.
Mirje did not stop on that note, either. According to her, sexual assaults on women take place due to three reasons – a woman’s clothes, her behaviour and her presence in inappropriate places.
“Due to these reasons a woman has to think whether, mistakenly, she is not inviting or inviting (to sexual assault),” Mirje said.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik, when contacted, tried to play it safe by saying Mirje’s remarks were not the party’s official position.
“I have not heard it (the comment) and I am not aware of it. But if she did make such a statement it is her own personal opinion and not the party’s,” Malik said.